It’s all in the family

RALEIGH — Equality NC (ENC) is collecting narratives about the unique nature of LGBT families for its “Celebrating Our Families” blog. This new project aims to bring together stories from every sector of the community, as well as from allied North Carolinians.

Photographs may also be submitted.

ENC said, “By sharing these stories, we recognize that families are the most important dimension behind public policies. Our families are all different, but our shared experiences bring us closer together.”

To see what others are already sharing, visit

Written submissions will be accepted by email to

Video recordings (with a webcam or camera) should be uploaded to YouTube, with a link emailed to Matthew directly so he can post this on the blog site.

In other news, ENC and its Foundation recently welcomed Jason Burgess and John Wood (ENC) and Michael Woods and Dr. Jack McKinney (ENCF) to its boards. To learn more about these volunteers, visit

Proposals sought

RALEIGH — Equality NC has issued an invitation to everyone in the community to submit workshop proposals for the Equality Conference to be held in Greensboro at the Elliott University Center at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on Nov. 13.

Deadline is Aug. 9.

For more information or details for consideration, email or visit

Subjects needed

CAROLINAS — Gay male couples who are transitioning to fatherhood are needed for a research study.

Are you a gay male couple currently in the process of adoption or surrogacy for the first time? Or, are you exploring options for becoming parents in the very near future? If so, you and your partner are invited to participate in a study on gay male couples becoming fathers.

For more information, call researcher Brian Brown at 630-346-1490 or email

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.